Eight Latvian publishing houses with thirteen books altogether applied for the previous competition “Grants For Works Promoting Latvia’s Cultural Heritage and History in English”. A committee of experts evaluated the applications according to criteria set out in the regulations, considering the quality of content, the artistic quality of book designs, and assessing the ability to promote Latvian culture and shaping the country's image abroad, as well as the potential success in the markets. The publications received 21486.00 EUR in total.
- “Zelta grauds” publication “Both Sides. Diaries of Latvian Soldiers. Stories of WWII” (compiler, scientific editor Vita Zelče), granted 7036.00 euros.
- “Dramatica or Rational Poetics” (Lauris Gundars), published by “Darbnīcas” , received 6050.00 eiros.
- Publishing house “Neputns”, “Classical Modernism. Early 20th Century Latvian Painting” (Dace Lamberga) granted 8400 euros.
The Latvian Publishers’ Association is currently running the second round of the competition. The winning projects are to be displayed in the Latvian national exposition stand at the 2018 London Book Fair in which the Baltic states – Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia – will be the market focus countries.
The competition is open to any Latvian and foreign publishers, as well as Latvian or foreign joint ventures. Both books recently published in Latvia or abroad, as well as previously unpublished projects, including original works in English, are eligible for the competition. The competition and publishing of the works is financially supported by the Ministry of Culture.
You may find the competition regulations and more information on the process of application here: http://www.gramatizdeveji.lv/index_lv.php?sx=jaunumi.